Sadly truck accidents (big rigs, 18 wheeler, semi – trucks) happen all too often in Anaheim California, partly due to all the freeways in the area.
With the 5 freeway, the 55 and 57, there are countless truck drivers that share the roads in Anaheim with average daily drivers.
And when you include all the tourist attractions like Disneyland and the Anaheim Angels, etc., Anaheim is known for having very busy roads and highways.
The Anaheim Law Offices of Daniel Kim have been fighting for our clients for many years now.
If you have questions about a truck accident you were injured in, call us today for a Free consultation.
Let us help you fight the insurance companies if you were hit by an uninsured driver to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Why Contact Law Office of Daniel Kim
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim always put our clients first, and our online reputation speaks for itself.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Anaheim you don’t want to wait to get help.
Every day that goes by without you seeking medical treatment can hurt your potential truck accident claim.
Daniel Kim and his legal staff are very experienced in helping accident victims here in Anaheim, and truck accidents are something we’ve dealt with hundreds of times.
Some things to know about Daniel Kim Law Office:
- We have A+ rating on BBB
- over 1000 positive reviews on Yelp and Google
- We exclusively deal with motor vehicle accidents
- We aggressively negotiate with insurance companies
What To Do After a Truck Accident
Being involved in a truck accident can completely destroy a persons’ life.
The physical injuries, and the mental stress can literally be too much for somebody to take, and that is why you need to contact a Top truck accident lawyer here in Orange County.
Paying the medical bills after a truck accident has financially destroy a person unless they know what to do.
Call Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.
Many truck accident victims here in Anaheim don’t know what steps to take after they’ve been hit.
Check out 5 tips below on what to do.
Contact the police immediately – It is very important to contact the police and get an accident report. If the accident seems like no big deal, or if you are severely injured, having an official police report will help our law firm make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. And in case the police report is wrong you’ll want to fix it.
Get medical treatment ASAP – If you involved in a truck accident and don’t have any immediate physical pain, it doesn’t mean you are not injured. Many times after an automobile accident the victim doesn’t feel (or see) any instant injury. It’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure you don’t have any internal injuries, or injuries that could show up a week later, etc. Be sure you get seen by a medical professional to ensure you are ok. Having records of your medical treatment will help your accident claim also as our law firm moves forward with your case.
Contact the insurance company – It is very important to contact your insurance company and let them know you were involved in a truck accident. You don’t want to give too much to the insurance company, rather you just want to state the facts and say as little as possible (ask our law firm for advice).
Get photos or video of the accident – If possible try to take photos (on your smart phone) of the damage to your vehicle and any injuries you suffered. Sometimes it is hard to gather evidence at the scene of the truck accident with all the stress, especially if you have major injuries. Just do your best.
Call an Anaheim truck accident lawyer – Daniel Kim and his law office are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daniel Kim and his staff are very familiar with the laws regarding semi-truck accidents here in Anaheim (and Orange County), and we offer a Free consultation, so call us Today.
Who is At Fault For Truck Accidents
Determining fault in a truck (big rig) accident is not always easy, and that is why it’s important to have an experienced truck accident lawyer like Daniel Kim on your side.
It could be that the driver of a car was texting and not paying attention, and cut off the truck driver on the freeway.
Or it could be an instance where the semi-truck driver was driving very long hours and was simply exhausted, in turn causing the accident themselves.
Of course it could just be a case where the tractor trailer was a poorly maintained vehicle, was over loaded (with cargo), or defective truck parts (old tires, brakes, etc.).
Sometimes neither party in the accident is at fault (like we mentioned above where truck parts were faulty), in this case we need to prove negligence.
In order to get financial compensation from your Anaheim truck accident, you will have to prove that someone’s negligence caused your pain and suffering.
A list of reasons that can constitute a third party was negligent.
- Road rage
- Driving without proper sleep(too many hours on the road)
- Distracted driving (texting, etc.)
- Driving while intoxicated
- Reckless driving
Common Injuries Suffered From a Semi-Truck Accident
Obviously getting hit by a semi-truck (18 wheeler, etc.) is a huge ordeal that can cause catastrophic injuries, or even a fatality.
Even a minor truck accident (think of a crash at only 20 MPH) can cause serious property damage to your car, and serious physical injuries to the victims.
Most cars are not meant to withstand the damage a big truck can do.
Even modern cars (like Tesla, Audi, etc.)with airbags, and extra safety equipment can’t stop the damage that a semi-truck can cause on an Anaheim freeway.
Of course wearing your seat belt and keeping your car up to date with safety equipment (working airbags, etc.) will definitely help limit any injuries.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Anaheim (or anywhere in OC or LA) then call Daniel Kim today for a Free consultation.
Common injuries suffered from a truck accident:
Back and spine injuries
How To File a Truck Accident Claim
Unfortunately many truck accident victims think they will “handle their injury case” on their own.
Once you get started with the legal process you’ll quickly discover how complicated and time consuming it can be to follow the strict legal process.
The best course of action is to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer here in Anaheim, and let them file a truck accident claim for you and your family.
Our goal is to take care of all the legal drama, so that you can focus 100% on your recovery and health.
Getting maximum compensation for the injuries you suffered in a trucking accident can be very difficult unless you have The Law Offices of Daniel Kim fighting for you.
The laws surrounding truck accidents are very hard to navigate, and that’s why you want a lawyer.
In addition to your injuries and pain and suffering, if you lost a loved one due to the truck accident, you might be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
What Causes Truck Accident in Anaheim
There are so many reasons why truck accidents happen, but according to the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)there were over 4300 truck accidents in 2015 that resulted in fatalities.
Statistics prove that truck accidents have become more and more common over the last 20 years.
Below we have listed some of the main reasons that cause semi-truck accidents in or near Anaheim.
- Driver Error
- Driver Fatigue
- Intoxicated drivers
- Texting / Distracted drivers
- Weather Conditions
- Road Hazards (unsafe freeways, potholes, etc.)
- Defective Equipment (tires, brakes, etc.)
Anaheim Truck Accident Statistics
With the large amount of semi-trucks that drive in Anaheim each day it’s no surprise that truck accidents happen frequently on the freeways and roads.
With the 5 freeway, 22, 91 and 57 all surrounding Anaheim, it’s no wonder that 18-wheelers pose such a threat to drivers in Anaheim.
Anaheim Truck Accidents Involved Distracted Driver
The numbers are staggering with about 80% of California drivers admitting to driving while texting, emailing, eating, or other forms of distraction.
And about 40% of these drivers admit to checking their phone all the time while driving.
Drivers Tested Positive For Drugs or Alcohol
DUI charges are still way to common in Anaheim, and statistics show that a driver is over 550% more likely to die if they are every involved in a car accident that involves a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.